Sports bars keep aspiring athletes fueled while they hone their abilities to throw darts, shoot pool, and reinterpret televised games via dance. Feed skill development with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of American fare and drinks at TJ's Sports Bar & Grill in Alpharetta.
Proprietor and former Atlanta Flames hockey player Tim Ecclestone fires up a menu brimming with bodacious burgers, winning wraps, and more. Gobble down fried green beans ($6.95) or their cheesy cousins, mozzarella sticks ($6.95), before swimming spoon laps in a bowl of TJ's chili ($3.95). The chicken caesar wrap lets green thumbs get close to garden goodies, cocooning romaine lettuce and either grilled or blackened slices with a handy tortilla ($8.45). The Top Pick sirloin, a 10-ounce bacon-wrapped center cut of Angus beef, is char-grilled before being topped with crumbled blue cheese, offering sustenance almost hearty enough to bite back ($15.95). As you wash down eats with suds from the tap, bask in the glow of more than 60 TVs airing sports games, Jenga tournaments, and subliminal advertisements for yogurt.
T J's Sports Bar & Grill
T J's owner and former Atlanta Flames hockey player Tim Ecclestone founded his restaurant on the fact that, for decades, sports fans have gathered to enjoy big games over burgers, hot wings, and beer. He spent one of those decades helming Timothy John's, a Sandy Springs party spot, and has dedicated two more to running his current show—T J's Sports Bar & Grill. There, a kitchen works overtime on game nights to sling a menu of char-grilled burgers, piled-high sandwiches, and pizzas to throw at the mob of 60-odd televisions when the ref makes a bad call. Behind the bar, bartenders kick open the kegs and pour tall glasses of Miller Lite, Budweiser, Coors, and Michelob Ultra, all represented by bright neon signs mounted on the eatery's walls.